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St Thomas More

Catholic School


Psychology (A Level)

Course outline

AS Psychology– Memory, Social Influence, Early Development (Attachment), Psychopathology

A Level Psychology– Relationships, Aggression, Forensic Psychology, Stress, Research Methods

What type of student succeeds at Psychology A Level?

Psychology is a challenging A Level, requiring a great deal of reading and constant practice at writing essays. It requires determination and resilience, as you will often have to perfect what is already “good” work. You need to have an interest in how our minds work and be willing to do some independent research. An interest in describing, explaining, and predicting human thought and behaviour are essential requirements of studying this A Level.

Subject requirements at GCSE

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at A*-C, including a Grade 6 in GCSE English, Science and either Geography, History or Psychology. In addition, all students must sit an entrance exam based on holiday homework. The course requires a strong understanding of Grade A and A* work right from the outset.

Complementary subjects

Psychology is well paired with Sociology, and any of the other sciences or social science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, and Sociology.


Students receive homework several times a week. Psychology is best learned through continuous reading and writing essays. By reflecting on the feedback from each of these essays, students will make the required progress. Text books are given out with plenty of exam style questions so students never run out of practice questions, and have plenty of opportunity to test themselves.


Future Directions

Which university courses require Psychology A Level?

University courses would rarely request Psychology A Level as a pre-requisite, however they often state that your A Levels must include a Science and/or a Social Science.

Which university courses look favourably on Psychology A Level?

Psychology A Level is favourable for most Social Science or Humanities degrees.

What are the entry requirements to study Psychology at university?

Psychology entry requirements are high due to the popularity of the course. Anywhere between BBC and A*A A.

Which careers could Psychology A Level lead to?

Educational Psychology, Occupational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Counselling, Human Resources, Marketing, Journalism, Teaching, Research.